After an intensive period of activity for our four excellent collaborative projects (see previous Communications), we were all sorry when events intervened and prevented full dissemination of their findings so far.
Firstly, the AP National Conference in March, where all four projects had been due to lead workshops, was replaced by an on-line #APConnect Live event, using Zoom. Fortunately, despite a curtailed agenda, Myerscough College and Bolton College with Hopwood Hall, were still able to provide us with excellent presentations on-line.
Secondly, the deadline for project final reports was extended as a result of lockdown, but one is now complete and the others close to completion. Once we are able to analyse the full findings, we will be able to advise on the lessons learnt and how best strategically to build capacity and sustainability of the AP-type role within organisations. In the meantime, early indications emphasise the imperative of senior leadership buy-in to the AP role, as evidenced through supporting organisational processes, systems and resources.
As a reminder, our four projects were:
Myerscough College in partnership with Barnsley College and Kendal College
Developing a ‘Culture of Excellence’ through collaboration
Bolton College with Hopwood Hall College
The Next Chapter – Great Teachers, Great Sharing
Chesterfield College with Sandwell College, Lincoln College & Nottingham College
Reclaiming the joy of teaching – developing happy, healthy capable, confident students and staff
East Surrey College with John Ruskin College, Academy of Contemporary Music, Reigate School of Art & WEA
Building the capacity of the Advanced Practitioner role to drive quality improvement in pedagogical content knowledge across a diverse partnership collaboration